Located in Moorabbin, The Light Practice is a smartly designed, thoughtful place of tranquility and relaxation that is a direct relation of core yoga principles and the use of colour and light seen throughout various design eras.
Juxtaposing feminine curves with cold, honest steel, the studio itself is of a conventional contemporary design, but its the use of violet, golden and other hues throughout that give the studio its character. The Light Practice induces an elevated sensory experience, from the second you walk through the door, through bespoke designs and artistic features. Using a range of targeted sensory techniques and curved elements, the space itself is a feast for the mind and body, as users of the studio utilise the overall mood of the space to gain an unprecedented feeling of relaxation within its walls.
The studio combines the subtle sensory elements of breath, sound, colour and light to form the basis of its interior. Ensuring these elements were correctly harnessed within the studio was imperative to the way the studio would look and feel, and shaped the design itself. Studio Co-founder Prue Barnes and Harrison Interiors’ Alisia Harrison masterminded the studio’s interior. Together they were able to form an unprecedented yoga space, that is solely focussed on the individual.
Upon entrance to the studio, one is greeted with mammoth black steel frame arched doors. Handcrafted and curated, the doors weigh hundreds of kilos, and double as the gateways to yoga and the embodiment that takes place inside the space. The masculine quality of the doors serves as a protector to the beauty and femininity of the studio, highlighting the desire to juxtapose smooth with solid throughout The Light Practice.
The design colour palette was a critical aspect for the main studio, as it is filled with coloured lighting to purposely affect the nervous system and emotional body. The Light Practice needed this element to exist and be amplified by the colour palette of the space. The palette was required to intertwine with the textural connotations of the studio, in order for those within the studio to leave their lives at the door. The colour palette was chosen as a cocoon of nudes, greys, complex teal and accented with gold and black. These tones are all so unique in themselves, however, the overall objective was to create a neutral scheme so that the Yoga and the Breath can shine the most.
The palette together with the finishes and curves relax the eye and soften the gaze inward. The Light Practice wanted the space to be approachable but stunning, soulful with little luxe elements and always creating the sort of space on the outside that we were encouraging people to replicate inside themselves – everything selected is a nod to the ancient history and practice of yoga, a respect for the rich history of yoga presented in a modern lush way.
It's hard not to feel relaxed by even looking at the images of The Light Practice. Its soft tones and curves coupled with rugged textures creates a space where all things are regarded, and given their own spotlight. With the goal of wanting to craft a place of relaxation for visitors, The Light Practice have most certainly achieved this, allowing colour to provide the design nuances amongst a minimalist studio that invites one to walk through the door and leave it all behind.